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Conversation Collection

Identifier: Ms Coll. 128

Scope and Content

The collection consists of 130 episodes of the more than 300 that were broadcast. The source tapes for all of the episodes was VHS and DVCPRO. All of the tapes have been reformatted and are available online in the University of Florida Digital Collections. Links to the online episodes are provided.


  • Creation: 1976-1986



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Biographical/Historical Note

Conversation was broadcast on WUFT-TV at the University of Florida. The show first aired in 1975 and ended production in 1987. Conversation was produced and hosted by Michael V. Gannon, Professor of History and Religion and Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Conversation was a thirty minute show which featured guests from the academic, administrative and athletic departments of campus as well as visiting lecturers and speakers. For a period of time in the 1980s, the show was broadcast as part of WUFT's 5 Live programming.


133 Items (133 videos)

Language of Materials



Episodes of Conversation, an interview format television series broadcast on WUFT-TV in the 1970s and 1980s.

Physical Location

University of Florida Smathers Library Building

Alternative Format Available

Digital reproductions of selected items in the collection are available online via the University of Florida Digital Collections (UFDC). Please read the Permissions for Use statement for information on copyright, fair use, and use of UFDC digital objects.

Related Material

For a brief period, the show was simultaneously aired on radio station WRUF under the title, Point of View. Five episodes from the first season, which are not available on video, are described here.

The Michael Gannon Papers

Processing Notes

Digitization of the collection is ongoing.

A Guide to the Conversation Collection
Finding aid created by Carl Van Ness
September 2009
Description rules
Finding Aid Prepared Using Dacs
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Description is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida Repository

George A. Smathers Libraries
PO Box 117005
Gainesville Florida 32611-7005 United States of America